WVU basketball: Wesley Harris keeps developing

MORGANTOWN, WV - NOVEMBER 15: Wesley Harris /

There’s a lot of work and development needed to become a Division I prospect. To play for the WVU basketball team, it might actually take more progress than another program.

Bob Huggins has built a program based on loyalty and determination. That’s why Wesley Harris wanted to come to Morgantown from the deep south in Mississippi. After attending a year of community college, Harris came north to further his game and make an impact on a successful squad.

So far, Harris has performed admirably in his role. However, he does have a lot more work to do before becoming a regular starter for the rest of his collegiate career. Harris is getting a lot of playing time early this season due to the suspension of Esa Ahmad. Harris is making the most of this extended time.

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But most fans may look down on Harris based on his recent play. In the game against Oklahoma State, Harris was subject to some turnovers from the Cowboys stingy defense. He made some ill advised passes and the sophomore played more timidly than he has all season.

Harris shot just 1 of 6 from the floor, which was a 3-pointer. He has only made 12 3-pointers this season after taking 40 deep balls. That’s probably not the best look Huggins wants from Harris, who stands at a powerful 6-foot-8. He works well under the hoop and that is proof of his 71 rebounds this season. He has recorded rebounds in each game he played for the Mountaineers.

Harris scored his highest point total of the season in the first game of the season, West Virginia’s only loss, to Texas A&M. He has been playing at least 19 minutes each game and is in there for his ability to rebound and score inside.

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If he can improve his shooting touch in the paint he will be a major contributor all season long and be a big part of the WVU basketball team for years to come.